The SEC released its weekly honors Monday and USC quarterback Jake Bentley was among the players recognized. Check out the full rundown of this week’s top SEC performers below.
Nick Fitzgerald, QB, Mississippi State
- Fitzgerald guided MSU to its first victory over a Top-5 ranked team since 2014, accounting for four touchdowns and 391 yards of total offense as the Bulldogs defeated No. 4 Texas A&M, 35-28.
- Fitzgerald became just the third SEC quarterback in the last 20 years to pass for over 200 yards and rush for over 175 yards in a game, joining Cam Newton and Johnny Manziel.
- Fitzgerald was 18-of-31 for 209 yards and two scores through the air. He went over the 100-yard rushing mark for the third straight game, carrying it 20 times for 182 yards and two touchdowns.
- He is now tied for second nationally among QBs in 100-yard rushing games and second among all players in the SEC (5).
- He averaged 9.1 yards per carry against the Aggies. Fitzgerald’s gutsy 4-yard TD run carrying defenders proved to be the difference.
Rawleigh Williams III, RB, Arkansas
- Arkansas improved to 5-0 this season when Williams rushes for over 100 yards.
- Williams’ 148 yards rushing were the most by a single player against Florida this season while his 41-yard touchdown run was the longest TD run against the Gators.
- Marked the seventh time this season he’s rushed for 75+ yards in a game.
- Third time this season he’s rushed 25 times or more in a game and leads the SEC with 179 attempts on the season.
- Broke four runs of 10 yards or more, highlighted by the 41-yard run which was the longest touchdown run of his career.
- Moved up to second in the SEC in rushing yards with 955, which ranks 20th nationally and seventh among power 5 players.
- His six rushing first downs against Florida brought his season total to 44, good for fourth in the SEC.
Ryan Anderson, LB, Alabama
- Recorded six total tackles as the Crimson Tide thwarted the LSU offense, surrendering just 125 total yards, including just 25 yards in the second half and only 33 yards rushing.
- He notched two half sacks for a loss of four yards and batted down one pass.
- Was credited with one quarterback hurry in the game while finishing with four total pressures from the Alabama coaching staff.
- His one tackle for loss increased his team-leading total to 12.5 on the season (-65 yards)
- Helped the defense hold LSU to just 1.2 yards per carry on the ground, 3.8 yards per attempt and forced a 3-and-out on nine of the Tigers 12 possessions.
JK Scott, P, Alabama
- The junior punter averaged 51.6 yards per kick on his five punts (258 yards) and constantly flipped the field position for the Crimson Tide in a 10-0 win at No. 13 LSU.
- He booted a long of 66 yards with four of his five punts going for 50 yards or more.
- Netted 44.4 yards on his five kicks with two punts pinned inside the Tigers’ 15-yard line, including 54-yard punt in the third quarter that was fielded and dropped at the LSU 3-yard line.
- Three of his punts were returned for a mere 16 yards (5.3 ypr) with two fielded inside the LSU 10-yard line.
Rodrigo Blankenship, PK, Georgia
- Set career-highs by going 4-for-4 on field goals (25, 42, career long 49, 25) and tallying 13 total points, including a game-winner from 25 yards out as time expired to top Kentucky 27-24 in Lexington.
- He is now 9-for-10 on the year and has connected on his last eight in a row.
- Blankenship became the first Bulldog to hit a game-winning field goal since Marshall Morgan against Missouri last year in a 9-6 victory in Athens and the last Bulldog to do it to end the game since Blair Walsh hit a 37 yarder against Arizona State in 2009.
- Blankenship’s four field goals was the most by a Bulldog since Morgan against Nebraska in the 2014 TaxSlayer Bowl.
Jake Bentley, QB, South Carolina
- The true freshman, making his third career start, had his best game thus far, leading the Gamecocks to a 31-21 win over Missouri.
- Bentley completed 22-of-28 passes for 254 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions.
- In three games, Bentley has completed 73 percent of his passes for 622 yards with six touchdowns and no interceptions, helping Carolina to three-straight wins.
Lewis Neal, DE, LSU
- Registered a career-high 11 tackles, including a tackle for a 1-yard loss and 2 QB hurries, in 10-0 loss to top-ranked Alabama.
- The Tigers held to season lows for points (10), total yards (323), and passing yards (106) in the loss.
- LSU became first team to hold Alabama scoreless in the first half since 2007 (vs. Florida State).
- LSU and Alabama also became the first FBS game this year to enter fourth quarter scoreless … The 10 points were also the fewest for Alabama since a 9-6 overtime loss to LSU in 2011 and it was the fewest points by the Crimson Tide in a win under Nick Saban (since 2007).
- In 8 games, LSU’s defense has allowed just 9 touchdowns.
Martinas Rankin, OT, Mississippi State
- Rankin had one of the most dominant games by an MSU offensive lineman this season, grading out a champion against one of the elite defensive lines in the nation as MSU defeated No. 4 Texas A&M.
- He recorded three knockdowns and MSU gave up zero sacks as a team. It was the first time this season that A&M did not record a sack and first since Nov. 7, 2015 vs. Auburn.
- He paved the way as the Bulldogs racked up a season-best 365 yards rushing, their highest rushing total since recording 409 vs. Houston on Oct. 9, 2010.
- It was the highest rushing total against an SEC team by MSU since tallying 390 vs. Kentucky on Oct. 29, 1994.